Three of those nine venues have housed a Major League Baseball team. The Seattle Hustlers played the inaugural games in 1892. T-Mobile Park, the home of the Seattle Mariners, a Major League Baseball organization, is the sole active stadium. Memorial Stadium was built in 1923 and demolished in 2001. Key Street Park opened in its current location in 1948.
Memorial Stadium was built to replace Husky Stadium, which had been dedicated the previous year. It was designed by Carl Gould and Paul McNulty of the architectural firm Smith, Healy and Hanlon. The $500,000 (1923 dollars) facility had a grass field laid out in a circle with stands of wood and steel around it. The main entrance was on 5th Avenue South at Memorial Way. The original plan called for seating for 20,000 people but only 9,924 seats were completed due to financial problems. The last game played there was on September 30, 2001. In 2003, a new baseball stadium named Safeco Field was opened a few blocks away from the old one. It has a roof and is fully enclosed, which makes it a modern ball park.
Key Street Park is a baseball stadium located in downtown Seattle. It first opened in 1948 when it served as the home of the Seattle Indians of the Pacific Coast League. The Indians moved to Albuquerque after their first season in Seattle because there wasn't enough interest in baseball to support both teams.
Which MLB teams play in indoor stadiums? The T-Mobile Park (Seattle, Washington) Mariners of Seattle (Safeco Field originally). The Rogers Centre (Toronto, Canada) Park Minute Maid (Houston, Texas) Astros of Houston. Sun Life Stadium (Miami, Florida) Marlins of Miami. The US Cellular Field (Chicago, Illinois) White Sox of Chicago. The DC Capital One Arena (Washington, District of Columbia) Nationals of Washington. The Odeum Expo Center (Phoenix, Arizona) Diamondbacks of Phoenix. The Pepsi Center (Denver, Colorado) Rockies of Denver.
Indoor stadiums are used to preserve the playing surface when it is not suitable for outdoor use. They also provide better sight lines and audio quality than their outdoor counterparts. However, players' legs tend to get cold more quickly when playing in cold weather so an ice rink is usually included in the stadium design to keep the field at a comfortable temperature.
The T-Mobile Park opened its doors in July 2001 and has since become one of the most popular venues with fans of all ages. The ballpark is owned by the City of Seattle and is operated by the Seattle Mariners organization. It is located near the center of downtown Seattle on Pier 59. The park sits directly across from Safeco Field and offers many similarities including a covered upper deck and a facade made up of glass panels that allow natural light into the stadium while still providing some privacy.
When Major League Baseball began, most teams constructed and funded their own stadiums. As a result, from 1962 through 2001, no privately financed stadiums were erected in Major League Baseball. In 2002, the San Francisco Giants moved into AT&T Park, which was financed by investors who received tax breaks to build a stadium on their property.
Today, only the Chicago Cubs not only use but also own their home ballpark, Wrigley Field. The team has no equity interest in the park but does receive an annual rent payment. The city of Chicago owns the land upon which the stadium is built but leases it back to the team for $1.
The Washington Nationals play in the new baseball-only stadium, Nationals Park. Like AT&T Park and Wrigley Field, the Nationals do not have any equity interest in their venues but instead pay a fixed rental fee to their landlord. In this case, however, the federal government is providing most of the financing for the project through the National Park Service.
Stadiums are a major investment for both private companies and governments. To protect themselves against losses, both parties usually include provisions that allow either party to terminate the agreement if certain conditions are met.
Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium Dodgers Stadium, was opened three years after the Dodgers relocated from Brooklyn, was the final baseball-specific stadium erected before the period of multi-purpose stadiums, or 'cookie-cutters,' as they were derisively dubbed, in the mid-1960s.
It all started with the sparkling Skydome in Toronto in 1989, and it was followed by Camden Yards in Baltimore in 1992, the first of the "retro" parks that are now proliferating around Major League Baseball. There are now just eight stadiums that predate that era. The following is a list of MLB's oldest ballparks.
The Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District owns and operates it. It is the Major League Baseball (MLB) home stadium of the Seattle Mariners, with a seating capacity of 47,929 for baseball. It is in Seattle's SoDo area, close to the western end of Interstate 90. The stadium is bounded by South Jackson Street on the north, Atlantic Boulevard on the south, West Roanoke Avenue on the west, and East Jefferson Street on the east.
The ballpark opened on April 17, 1999, after more than five years of construction. It replaced the Seattle Super-Regals as the Mariners' home park. The original cost was estimated at $250 million; after several years of financial problems, the district was forced to seek a mortgage of up to $35 million to pay for maintenance and other costs associated with the stadium. The district claims that the value of the M's stock has increased since construction was completed, which would mean that the district is making money even though attendance has been poor throughout most of its existence.
Attendance at Safeco Field has been below what both the Mariners and MLB expect. The team has had considerable success during its eight seasons in Baltimore/Washington, D.C., where it played from 1954 to 1973. From 1974 to 1997, the Mariners were unable to draw crowds above 50,000 per game.